MELBOURNE - Top-seeded Andy Murray tumbled to the ground and hurt his right ankle early in the third set of his second-round win over Andrey Rublev at the Australian Open on Wednesday night. He spoke to the trainer after that game, but didn't need medical attention and went on to win 6-3, 6-0, 6-2. A five-time runner-up at the season's first major, Murray caught the sole of his right shoe on the court and tripped to the ground during the third game. He clutched his right ankle as he rolled on to the court and later was checked out by an ATP trainer during a medical time out. After taking a 4-1 lead in the final set, Murray went to his courtside chair and said: ''I'm all right.'' ''It's a little bit sore, not too serious,'' he said in his post-match interview. ''I definitely rolled it (but) I was moving OK toward the end, so that's positive.'' Copyright © 2017 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserv..
At the Australian Open two years ago, a 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios whipped the fans in Hisense Arena into a lather as he rebounded from two sets down to stun Andreas Seppi - who was fresh off the biggest win of his career (over Roger Federer a round prior) - and advanced to the quarterfinals at his home Grand Slam. He hasn't made it that far at a major since. On Wednesday, Seppi exacted some belated revenge, turning the tables on Kyrgios with a two-set comeback of his own to win 1-6, 6-7 (1), 6-4, 6-2, 10-8 and send the young Aussie packing in the second round. This time, Kyrgios left Hisense with the sound of boos ringing in his ears. His stunted progress has evidently begun to wear on the patience of the Melbourne faithful, who made their displeasure known after Kyrgios appeared to succumb to an apparent knee injury and negative body language in the final three sets - which included a racket smash that got him docked a point penalty after being broken in the third. He'd com..
#Kyrgios pic.twitter.com/W5acG27W6W — doublefault28 (@doublefault28) January 18, 2017 Andreas Seppi would eventually make good on his second crack at serving out his second-round match against Nick Kyrgios, but Kyrgios stymied him with a break on Seppi's first attempt (at 6-5 in the fifth set), despite some mystifying decision-making. On the first point of that game, Kyrgios looked almost resigned to defeat when he took a favorable Seppi slice in the ad court - which he could've easily run around to hit a forehand - and hit a listless, wholly unnecessary tweener right back to the middle. But, whether intended or not, the tactic proved effective. Seppi looked slightly caught off guard, and, without an angle or much pace on the ball, couldn't do much with his next shot. His best response was to blast a forehand deep down the middle, but Kyrgios handled it adeptly and won the point with a down-the-line backhand on his next shot. He went on to break Seppi at 15, and stretch..
Not for the first time, world No. 13 Nick Kyrgios flamed out of a Grand Slam in rather spectacular fashion Wednesday, squandering a two-set lead over 89th-ranked Andreas Seppi to lose in the second round of the Australian Open. Not for the first time, player-turned-broadcaster John McEnroe was covering the debacle, and made no effort to hide his disgust with the mercurial Aussie's body language and perceived lack of effort. "I'm at a loss for words," McEnroe said on Eurosport, as transcribed by ESPN's Matt Wilansky. "Overall I would call it a damn shame because I think he's the most talented guy in the world (at) 21 and under - maybe even at 29 and under. "He could be the best player in the world, but mentally he's No. 200 in the world, and I think at critical moments it showed." When Kyrgios hit a seemingly needless tweener as Seppi was serving for the match in the fifth set, McEnroe doubled down on his criticism, even though Kyrgios won the point. "It'..
Third-seeded Milos Raonic maintained his record of reaching the third round all seven years he has contested the Australian Open, saving a set point in the third before beating Gilles Muller 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4). Raonic clinched the win on his second match point when Muller returned a shot wide. Muller, who won last week's Sydney International for his first career tournament victory, officially had a 2-0 record against the Canadian. But Raonic retired from a match against him at Wimbledon in 2011 due to a hip injury, and Muller beat him at Valencia, Spain in 2012 in two close sets. The win advanced Raonic to a third-round match against Gilles Simon, who beat Rogerio Dutra Silva in straight sets. Copyright © 2017 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic is out of the Australian Open, beaten 7-6 (8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 by wild-card entry Denis Istomin in a second-round match on Thursday. Istomin made the vital break in the fifth game of the deciding set, then held service the rest of the way in the marathon 4 hour, 48-minute match on Rod Laver Arena. The match featured a little bit of everything. In a 15-minute opening game, the six-time champion Djokovic saved six break points. In the second set, he appeared to hyperextend his left leg in the third game, and spent much of the following break stretching it over a chair. In the 10th game of that set, Djokovic saved two sets points after serving a double-fault. But Djokovic broke in the following game to lead 6-5, then held his service with four consecutive points to take the set. Djokovic clinched the third set when he successfully challenged a line call. Istomin had a set point in the 10th game of the fourth set, then went ahead 5-1 in the tiebreak..
Novak Djokovic has Fernando Verdasco's number. For the ninth time in 10 attempts on the hard court, six-time Australian Open champion Djokovic topped Verdasco, this time in straight sets, 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-2 in two hours and 20 minutes Tuesday to advance to the second round in Melbourne. Excuse the Spaniard if the opening set felt like an unwanted case of deja vu after the angular Serb made quick work of his opponent, and forgive the 33-year-old Madrid-born left-hander if the second stanza gave him reason for belief. Verdasco has beaten the World No. 2 on four occasions, though it's been nearly seven years since he's topped the 12-time Slam winner. After saving two break points in the ninth game of the second set, things were momentarily looking up for the 2009 semifinalist. That hope quickly dissolved before an all-too-familiar obstacle for Verdasco, as Djokovic took the tiebreaker before racing to a 3-0 lead in the third set. No stranger to playing the giant killer, Verd..
Frisky Frenchman and crowd favorite Gael Monfils marked his 40th Grand Slam by besting Jiri Vesely in Australian Open first-round play Tuesday. Sixth-seeded Monfils topped the Czech youngster in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 courtesy of the rangy Paris-born player's trademark movement and proficiency at the net. Tuesday's match lasted a hair over an hour-and-a-half, with Monfils, seven years his opponent's senior, putting on a clinic in mobility. The pair had never faced off on the hard court. Vesely last topped Monfils in five sets at Wimbledon in 2014 before Monfils bested him on clay at Monte Carlo last year in straight sets. Monfils will hope this year's efforts in Melbourne closely mirror those of a year ago and not his prior experiences down under. Last year, Monfils advanced to the quarterfinals, losing to Canadian hard-hitter Milos Raonic in five sets. It was the furthest the 30-year-old Frenchman has progressed at the Aussie Open in 11 attempts, and after ye..
World No. 5 Kei Nishikori looked cool and collected as he secured his place in the third round of the Australian Open for the seventh consecutive year. Nishikori came racing out of the gate, and although Jeremy Chardy put up a solid fight, there was no stopping the Japanese sensation as he won the match 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in convincing style. Although both men are separated by 66 places in the ATP World Rankings, the match had the potential to be closer than it looked on paper as the head-to-head record was 4-2 in favor of Nishikori coming in to the match. Significantly for Nishikori, he only hit 19 unforced errors throughout the first two sets and his consistent approach seemed to wear down his opponent who piled up 34 unforced errors in the same span of time. Consistency was the call of the day for the No.1 ranked Japanese player as most of the significant statistics were relatively even - both players hitting around 20 winners and it was Chardy who showed up at the net, winning 12 out of..
After winning the first two sets of his second-round match, Roger Federer had to really go to work in the third, recovering from 5-2 down and fending off two set points to defeat American qualifier Noah Rubin 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (3). He held serve at love to force the tiebreaker and, after it got to 3-3, reeled off the last four points to clinch the match in 2 hours, 4 minutes. Federer is a four-time Australian Open champion but hasn't lifted the trophy since 2010. In 18 trips to Melbourne Park, he's never failed to reach the third round. Copyright © 2017 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.